The chatter surrounding the possible return of the mercurial talent that is José Ignacio Peleteiro Ramallo seems to be growing, with reports in both the Spanish and West London press suggesting that Brentford FC are considering bringing back Jota to Griffin Park.
Bees fans still wax lyrical about Jota’s performances in our never-to-be-forgotten first season back in the Championship, and his last minute goals against Fulham have cat his name firmly in Brentford folklore.
However, because of certain domestic issues at the time his wife was expecting their first child, and some indifferent form and injuries at the start of the 2015/16 season, it was decided that a loan deal back to SD Eibar was in the player’s best interest in the short term.
Many fans have been confused by the deal, which was hoped to allow him to regain his best form in familiar surroundings, and ultimately, would perhaps see Brentford see a reward for one of the best signings in the club’s post-War history.
On his day Jota is a £5m-plus rated player – surely the club can’t afford to let that talent and possible income whither away. The wise move now, having seen the Eibar deal fail, is to get him back to Brentford and try and get him integrated back in the Bees squad and focused on resurrecting his career.
We spoke about the return of Jota in this week’s Beesotted Pride of West London Podcast that can be listened to here.
In my view, Brentford have been very understanding with the player’s wellbeing and have put the individual ahead of the club’s best interests – something that the player acknowledged in his ‘leaving’ statement last year… But my gut feeling is that, if there is even the remotest chance of getting some creative Championship minutes out of him in the remainder of the season, then seeing where that leads, we should get him on a plane back to Heathrow pronto.
It would be such a tragedy if Jota ends up on the scrap heap, and although there are no guarantees at all if he were to come back to the Bees, its got to be worth trying, and you ever know, we may see him in a red and white shirt again some time soon.